Mineral Colour Plates are small thumbnail images of minerals, as well as synthetic compounds and chemical elements, with articles that can be found in the MIROFOSS database. The following table shows all of the SILICATE GROUP minerals found in MIROFOSS organized vertically by colour. Certain minerals may appear in multiple colour categories if the mineral can be found in more then one colour range. Clicking on a mineral plate image will bring you to the corresponding MIROFOSS article. Please note this page may take a while to load on slower computers or with slower internet connections.

The silicate minerals make up the largest and most important class of rock-forming minerals, constituting approximately 90 percent of the crust of the Earth. They are classified based on the structure of their silicate group which contain different ratios of silicon and oxygen. Silicate is a chemical term for the group of a single atom of silicon surrounded by four atoms of oxygen in the shape of a tetrahedron. Silicate minerals can be further broken down into the following classes: Nesosilicates, sorosilicates, cyclosilicates, inosilicates, phyllosilicates, and tectosilicates. The following table lists, by colour, all of the silicate minerals which can be found in the MIROFOSS database.

Actinolite Albite Cancrinite Hemimorphite
Okenite Tremolite Thomsonite Wollastonite
Lepidolite Nepheline    
Chrysotile Smaragdite Epidote Elbaite
Olivine Prehnite Hiddenite Titanite
Grossular Hemimorphite Uvarolite  
Actinolite Staurolite Topaz Uvite
Chrysotile Cancrinite Zinwaldite  
Chabazite Phacolite    
Almandine Imperial Topaz    
Elbaite Eudialyte Ferrierite Pyroxmangite
Elbaite Hexagonite    
Beryl 'Aquamarine' Cavansite Hemimorphite Kyanite
Augite Actinolite Agerine Hedenbergite